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Maple Sugaring Festivals 

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association
Maple Sugaring Festival

WHAT: Learn how maple syrup and sugar are made – a delicious and fun way to make science come alive! WVWA offers a very special winter event that is ideal for families, scout groups and anyone curious about the maple sugaring process.  Guides take small groups through the woods to see the tapped trees and then watch it being boiled into sugar. End your walk at WVWA’s historic headquarters for hot chocolate and warm treats with maple syrup. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.  Last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018

TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ambler, PA

COST: WVWA Members: $5 adult/$3 child (12 years and under); Non-Members: $10 adult/$5 child (12 years and under)
*Registrations requested


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Tyler Arboretum
Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration

WHAT: The spirit of winter is alive and well at Tyler Arboretum as we invite you to bundle up and join us in celebrating with some outdoor fun. Walk through our maple sugaring stations to explore how the tasty topping is turned from sap into syrup. The festivities don’t stop there! Satisfy your appetite with our famous all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Rain or shine event, snow date March 3.

WHEN: Saturday February 24.  Snow date: Saturday, March 3

TIME: 8:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

WHERE: Tyler Arboretum  515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

: $16 adult; $10 Child (ages 3-12); Child (ages 2- under) FREE


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Fox Chase Farm
Maple Sugar Day

WHAT: Visit Fox Chase Farm to learn the process of maple sugaring, watch the making of maple candy, and sample pancakes with pure maple syrup. Crafts & Storytelling. Maple products will also be for sale.

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2018

TIME: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: Fox Chase Farm

COST: $3.00 Adults and Children

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Fox Chase Farm Events

Fox Chase Farm also offers homeschool group field trips for Maple Sugaring.
Gather a group and check them out!

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Wissahickon Environmental Center
Maple Sugar Day

WHAT:  Join the Wissahickon Environmental Center for Maple Sugar Day and see maple sugaring demonstrations throughout the event. Attendees can try pancakes with real maple syrup, taste test multiple pancake toppings and sample fresh maple candy. Pennsylvania Maple Syrup products will be available for purchase.

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018

TIME:11 AM – 3 PM

WHERE: Wissahickon Environmental Center 300 W Northwestern Ave.  19118

COST: FREE! No Registration Needed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click on their Facebook Page

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Tree to table maple sugaring

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Silver Lake Nature Center
Maple Syrup Time

WHAT: Explore the outdoors at Silver Lake Nature Center. Learn the basic steps of how tree sap can be turned into delicious syrup.  Taste some samples and help in the process of making this wonderful delight.  Be prepared for outdoor exploring!

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018

TIME: 1 PM – 2 PM

WHERE: Silver Lake Nature Center 1306 Bath Rd. Bristol, PA 19007

COST: The price is $2 per member, $3 per person non-member.


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Norristown Farm Park
Sugar Maple Trees

WHAT: Meet at the Pavilions at Norristown Farm Park and attend an informative and fun program on Maple Sugar Trees. Families will see maple sugar trees and learn how American Indians extracted their maple sugar as well as hear the legend about the discovery of maple sap. Kids will discover how maple syrup is made from the sap and have the opportunity to taste maple sugar and maple syrup as well as compare it to commercial brands. Maple candy will be available for purchase.

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018

TIME: 2 pm-3 pm

WHERE: Norristown Farm Park 2500 Upper Farm Rd Norristown, PA 19403

COST: This is a FREE event! Registration is required. The event is geared toward adults and children ages 6 and up.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Montco. Events Listing; or Norristown Farm Park


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Churchville Nature Center
Maple Sugar Day and Pancake Breakfast

WHAT: The Maple Sugar Day hosted by Churchville Nature Center features education on the process for making maple syrup from the sap of a maple tree. There will be interactive stations demonstrating each step from collecting sap to making the syrup for visitors to explore. Attendees can register for the pancake breakfast featuring yummy maple syrup.The Center is looking for families who would like their trees tapped for collecting sap. Participating families will receive free pancake breakfast tickets.

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018

TIME: 11 am (Pancake Breakfast), 1 pm (Program)

WHERE: Churchville Nature Center 501 Churchville Ln Churchville, PA 18966

COST: The Maple Sugar Program Tickets are $5/per person. The pancake breakfast is $10/per person.

FOR REGISTRATION & MORE INFORMATION: Click Churchville Nature Center Calendar

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Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
Maple Sugaring

WHAT: This interactive hands-on Maple Sugaring event will get the entire family involved. Held at the Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center, it will educate on the procedures of maple sugar production.

WHEN: March 3 & 4, 2018; and March 10 & 11, 2018

TIME: Saturdays 3 & 10: 1 pm-2:30 pm; Sundays 4 & 11: 1:30 pm-3 pm

WHERE: Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center  355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd Titusville, NJ 08560

COST:  Registration is required. This is a FREE event!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Washington Crossing State Park Events


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Teen Get Together: Edgar Allan Poe Tour!


April has finally gotten a confirmation of a tour of the Edgar Allen Poe House for 1pm on Friday, February 16th.  Space is limited (25 people max.) so families must rsvp.  No walk-ins (although house is open many other days of year).  Tour is free but if you’d like to join us at Federal Donuts (about 3 blocks walk from Poe House), you are more than welcome to indulge.  🙂
Who:  Teens and their families (limited space, please rsvp with name, # of children & ages, cell phone for last minute needs)

Date:  Friday, February 16

Time:  12:45pm (90-minute tour starts at 1pm)

Location:  Edgar Allan Poe House, 532 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Parking:  street parking (mostly free)
RSVP required:  April at

More info about museum: index.htm
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Upcoming Events, Activities & More!

Homeschoolers Formal Cinderella Ball

WHAT: The Cinderella Ball is an elegant formal affair in which homeschoolers can come with or without a date to dance the night away in style. A full dinner, ball room and popular dancing, and rides in a Cinderella Carriage led by two beautiful white horses are some of the festivities that await!

WHEN: Thursday, April 26th

TIME:  The doormen will greet you at 6:45 pm to invite you in, and will escort you out at 11:00 pm before your carriage turns into a pumpkin.

WHERE:  Hosted at The Palace, of course!
The Palace    109 N Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ 08012

WHO: 12-19 years old

COST: Tickets are $40.00 per person and include a full dinner and a night of dancing. Tickets are limited to 200 attendants and 20 chaperons. Chaperons must purchase tickets to the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Homeschool Cinderella Ball

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Now’s the time to sign up for these great activities
for homeschoolers at Cairn University!
They are great for your budget too!


WHAT: Your child is invited to participate in a weekly music program at Cairn UniversityAn opportunity to learn to develop music skills such as listening, singing, moving, and creating.

WHO: Children 4TH – 8TH grades will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University.

KIDSONG I:  K – 4TH GRADES (Starts this Tuesday!! Feb. 13March 20; no class during Spring Break: 3/13)

KIDSONG II:  4TH – 8TH GRADES (March 27 – April 24)

WHEN:  Tuesdays, Nov. 14 – Dec. 5

TIME: 3:30-4:15

WHERE:  Room 108 of the Music Building

COST:  Registration fee of $10 per child to be paid at the first class (Cash or check made out to Cairn University) Family rate: $25!

To register, email Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, with subject:  Kidsong!  Please include name of child, age, and phone.  Space is limited to the first 15 registered students for each session.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Dr. Wolf: or 215-702-4323

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Kidsport Gym Class



WHAT: Physical education program for homeschoolers

  • Ages 5-7 Kidsport kids explore how and where the body moves. Students participate in manipulative activities using bats and balls, jump ropes and jump boxes, hoops and scooters, gator balls, parachutes, and games galore!
  • Ages 8-17 Kidsport kids learn to lead healthy, active lives. Students take part in fantastic fitness activities, team-building challenges, tennis, volleyball, flag football, soccer, rapid relays, speedstacks, juggling, softball, capture the flag, gymnastics, aerobics, and much more!

WHERE: Cairn University 200 Manor Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

WHEN:  Tuesdays – March 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

TIME:  1:30 – 3:00pm

AGES: 5 – 17   Grades K – 12

COST:  $30.00 per student;  $70.00 max per family

Enrollment is limited to 100 students.

FOR MORE INFO:  Click HERE or email or call 215.702.4283

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Want To Play Some Volleyball? 

WHAT: Does your child need to burn off steam when it’s cold outside?
Home- and cyberschooled girls and boys are invited to participate in our multilevel
volleyball program. Join us to learn the ins and outs of a fun and fast-paced sport!

WHEN: Thursday afternoons starting, February 1

WHERE: Church of the Saviour 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087

AGES: grades 4-12

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact and a registration form.

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A Fun Opportunity?
Toad Detour Volunteer Training

WHAT: Each spring volunteers shepherd thousands of toads safely across Port Royal Avenue as they travel to and from their breeding grounds at the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve. If you’d like to help with this year’s Toad Detour, join us for this orientation. Volunteers can help for an evening, bring a Girl or Boy Scout Troop, or become shift managers, to help manage the many volunteers who help these toads. You’ll learn all about toads, toad handling, and shift sign-ups. Volunteers are needed for evening shifts from March through June.

WHEN:  February 17

TIME: 1 pm- 3 pm

WHERE: The Schuylkill Center  8480 Hagy’s Mill Road    Philadelphia, PA 19128

AGES: all


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The Man Who Came to Dinner – FREE Matinee 

WHAT: After flying across the Atlantic with James in a giant peach last March and going under the sea with Ariel and her friends in November, the Phil-Mont Drama Department is staying on solid American soil for a rollicking, screw-ball comedy: The Man Who Came to Dinner.

In 1939, the Great Depression was waning, war was still half a world away, and playwrights Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman were kings of the Broadway box office with hits such as Merrily We Roll Along and Pulitzer Prize winner, and previous Phil-Mont production, You Can’t Take It with You. The Man Who Came to Dinner, Hart and Kauffman’s penultimate collaboration, opened to positive reviews and ran for 739 performances. In 2000, a Broadway revival featured a star-studded cast: Nathan Lane (Timon in Disney’s The Lion King), Jean Smart (Designing Women), and Harriet Sansom Harris (Frasier).

The audience will leave happy, indeed, although their sides might hurt from excessive laughter. Think of it as the most enjoyable “core workout” you can imagine.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 28

TIME: 10 am (Shows are usually 2 hours long)

WHERE: Phil-Mont Christian Academy. 35 Hillcrest Avenue  Erdenheim,  PA 19038



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Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day

WHAT: This event is an opportunity to learn about engineering and STEM through conversation and demonstrations by Drexel students.

WHENSaturday, February 24

TIME: 10 AM – 2 PM.  Feel free to come and go at any time during that time window.

WHERE:  Drexel’s ExCITe Center at 3401 Market St, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

WHO: Female students in grades 7-10 (ages 11-15) are welcome to attend this event.
Please remember that attendees must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must stay with them during the event.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE. OR please contact Victoria Cahn at or 215-571-3841.

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Save The Date:
Church of the Savior Book Sale! 

WHAT: SALT and PEPPER home schoolers annual GREAT used book sale

 Monday, March 19th

 6 to 9 p.m.

Church of the Saviour 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087

: contact Lori at

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Delaware Estuary Art Contests


WHAT: The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is now accepting entries on behalf of the Philadelphia Water Department for its Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest! To enter: create an original drawing that shows how we all can keep Philly’s Water clean! Please click here for a brochure containing rules and an entry form (PDF file).

WHEN: All entries must be mailed by Wednesday, February 28th.

WHO: Philadelphia students in grades K-12 (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 & 9-12 categories) attending public, private, charter or home school in Philadelphia can participate in this year’s Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest.

COST: FREE!!! There are prizes!!!  The four first-place drawings, one each age category,  will be transformed into street art stickers and installed on Philly streets. Other prizes and art work displays will be awarded also.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE, or to obtain free art-contest calendars, please contact Brittany Musolino at (302) 655-4990, extension 112, or


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WHAT: The Schuylkill Action Network and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary are now accepting entries for our 2018 Schuylkill Street Art Contest. Please click here for a brochure containing rules and an entry form (PDF file).

WHEN: All entries must be mailed by Wednesday, February 28th.

WHO: Any students in grades 6-12 who attends public, private, or home school within Berks, Chester, Montgomery, or Schuylkill Counties are invited to enter the contest.

COST: FREE!!! There are prizes!!!  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for each of the four counties: Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Schuylkill County. Awards include monetary and art work displays.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE or contact Virginia Vassalotti.

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WHAT: The City of Wilmington and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary are now accepting entries for our first annual Clean Waterways Wilmington Art Contest! Please click here for a brochure containing rules and an entry form (PDF file). How to enter: create an original drawing that shows how we all can keep Wilmington’s water clean!

WHEN: All entries must be mailed by Friday, March 2nd.

WHO: Wilmington students in grades K-12 (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 & 9-12 categories) attending public, private, charter or home school within the city limits can participate in the Clean Waterways Wilmington Art Contest.


COST: FREE!!! There are prizes!!!  The four first-place drawings, one each age category,  will be transformed into street art stickers and installed on Philly streets. Other prizes and art work displays will be awarded also. Winners of this year’s contest will be awarded at the Wilmington Earth & Arbor Day Celebration on April 20th!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE  or contact Brittany Musolino at (302) 655-4990, ext. 112 or

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History Items

Do You Have a 4th Grader and Like National Parks? 

WHAT:  If you have a 4th Grader, that child and family can get free access to hundreds of parks, lands and waters for an entire year! Here’s a listing of some of the
Official rules”

  • The pass is for U.S. fourth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students.
  • The pass is for the 2017 to 2018 school year. It expires August 31, 2018.
  • Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.

“How it works”

  • Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
  • If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
  • If your group visits a site that charges vehicle entrance fees – The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
  • Paper passes can be exchanged for plastic passes at certain sites.

WHEN:  have your 4th grader start their super simple adventure diary NOW! Just Click HERE

WHERE:  all National Park Service sites accept the pass (some have different entrance rules)

WHO: 4th graders!

COSTFREE!!! Make sure you check out the “Plan Your Trip” page. Amtrak offers a 75% discount for the 4th grader with a paying adult on train tickets!!!  


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Have You Heard About
This Historic Pass? 

WHATThe Historic Germantown Passport entitles an individual or a family of four to one visit to each of our 16 Historic Germantown attractions, excluding special events and programs where additional admission fees may apply. The Passport expires one year from the date of purchase. Passports are generally mailed shortly after your payment is received. If time is tight, please give us a call so we can help you plan for pick-up.

WHEN:  anytime pass, valid for one year

WHERE:  locations include: Aces Museum, Awbury Arboretum, Cliveden of the National Trust, Concord School House & Upper Burying Ground of Germantown, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, Germantown Historical Society, Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, Germantown White House, Grumblethorpe, Historic Fair Hill, Historic RittenhouseTown, Hood Cemetery, Johnson House, La Salle University Art Museum, Stenton, Wyck

COST:  individual pass $25; family pass $45

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click HERE to purchase your pass; click HERE to read more about Historic Germantown and each of the locations.

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History Hunters

Speaking of Germantown, have you taken your kids thru the historic houses for homeschool tours? A few years ago, my children and I were part of a homeschool group that toured 5 different houses with the History Hunters Program.  It was a great experience, a great price, very educational and in our backyard!!! We would do it again!

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History Day Competition

I am passing this information on because it looks like a great event. I did email them to get some clarification as to whether homeschoolers and those living outside of Bucks County can participate… I did not get a response. If you’d like to participate and find out for yourself, here’s the info!


WHAT:  On March 24, 2018, hundreds of middle and high school students from across Bucks and Montgomery Counties will assemble at Ursinus College in Collegeville. They will have just one thing on their minds: HISTORY! All will be participating in Bucks and Montgomery Counties’ Regional National History Day® Competition, the first stage in this national academic competition for students in grades 6 through 12, sponsored regionally by the Bucks County Historical Society.

Modeled after the highly successful science fair concept, History Day encourages young people to undertake original research and interpretation of historical events. Students may write papers, present performances, design exhibits, or create media presentations. All entries must relate to a predetermined theme – this year’s theme is Conflict & Compromise in History.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 24, 2018

WHEREUrsinus College  601 E. Main Street  Collegeville, PA 19426

WHO:  Grades 6-12; Competition is divided into a junior level (grades 6-8), and a senior level (grades 9-12).

COST:  $12 per student registration fee. Deadline to register is February 12.


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Free History Curriculum!

Have you checked out the FREE History curriculum that the former writer here at
Philadelphia Homeschool Blog created?

This is a Free online History curriculum created especially for homeschoolers.  It is a Charlotte Mason style (Literature-Based) approach to learning history.   Consequently, each lesson revolves around a book that the teacher/student will check out from his/her local library.  This curriculum involves a lot of reading and a lot of writing!  Students will become better readers and writers as a result.  However, keep in mind that this curriculum may be quite challenging to the struggling reader.  U READ THRU HISTORY  will take you through all of history over the course of approximately 8 years.  Each year students will spend one semester (approximately 17 weeks) studying World History and one semester (approximately 17 weeks) studying American History .

Click U READ THRU History to check it out!!

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 College for a Day?

WHAT:  We would like to invite all high school students who are homeschooled to learn about life at The Forge. You will take a tour of the campus, attend a chapel service. Our chapel service on this date will be one of our annual favorites — Classics Chapel. Our finest musicians will be performing and you will be able to see your potential as a future student at the University of Valley Forge. Your conversation continues over lunch with coaches, faculty, and students. You are then free to stay on for a tour of residence halls, a financial aid seminar and personal appointments with Admissions or Financial Aid.

WHEN: Friday, February 16, 2018 or Wednesday, March 21, 2018

TIME: 8:30 am-3:00 pm

WHEREUniversity of Valley Forge  1401 Charlestown Road  Phoenixville, PA 19460

WHO: High School Students


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to Eventbrite and search for “college for a day homeschool”. You can register thru Eventbrite


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Library Focus Group

Did you fill out a survey in December from the Free Library of Philadelphia? They have planned a focus group to meet with homeschoolers to find out how to serve homeschoolers better! 


WHAT: Focus group for homeschool parents. We are eager to brainstorm ideas with you about how the library can better support home school parents and students. The event will be held in the Storytime Room and will be a friendly environment if you are bringing young children. Additionally, we will provide light refreshments.

WHEN: Monday, February 12th

TIME: 2 pm

WHERE:  Parkway Central Library’s Children’s Department   1901 Vine Street Phila 19103

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to RSVP: Follow this Google Link to RSVP. If you are unable to attend, please email any thoughts or suggestions beforehand. Finally, if you know of any other parents who would be interested in participating, please share this invitation.

Or if you have questions, please email: Elizabeth Kenny at

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This Saturday Groundhog Day Festivities

Groundhog Day Festival at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge 

WHAT:  Will Tinicum Tim, our resident weather-soothing groundhog, see his shadow and herald in 6 more weeks of winter? How do animals survive the winter? What tools do scientists have to predict the weather? Find out the answer at the Groundhog Day Festival! Join us for an afternoon of music, crafts, snacks, guided walks, and more.
WHEN: THIS Saturday, January 27
TIME: 9 am-1 pm;  Guided walks will begin at 9 am. The Groundhog Burrow Parade will begin at 12:30 pm.
WHERE: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to look at the calendar; and HERE for their general website.

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Animal Detectives Open House at
Pennypack Environmental Center

WHAT: This fun family program will have you working as a team as you visit different stations in and around the building with clues to discover “Who Done It.” Families that figure out the sneaky animal, will be awarded a badge. Join us at 12 pm for the story “Groundhog Weather School.” Learn about some of Nature’s Weather Predictors and the Famous Furry Guys who have a holiday named after them!  
WHEN: THIS Saturday, January 27
TIME:  9 am-12 pm “Who Done It”; 12 pm “Groundhog Weather School”
WHERE: Pennypack Environmental Center 8600A Verree Road
AGES: 5 years and up
FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Pennypack Environmental Center; or click PEC Facebook Page to see the official flier